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We have the smeg retro 50's flueless fire on our lounge wall but it is causing the paint above to bubble and crack, is there a solution to this?

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Daniel, from what you have described, it sounds like the catalytic converter inside, near the top of the unit is overheating. It may simply need cleaning due to dust collecting in it or depending on how old the unit is, it may need to be replaced. In case you may have misplaced your Owners Manual, I have included a link to it that you can download and print. This may help your do further troubleshooting,

http://www.smegtech.com/site/smeg/pdf_libretti/L23-30_P23_Fire%20instr-GB.pdf

Until the issue is resolved, for safety's sake, I highly recommend that you discontinue using the fireplace.

Hope this helped you?

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